The SOS for SS United States has managed to raise $100,000 in funding to stave off the scrap heap, for now.

The emergency funding buys a little time, but it’s not even close to enough to save the ship. $100K sounds like a pile of moolah, until you read that docking fees are $60K a month… that’s every, single month.


SS United States docked in Philadelphia. Photo by Lowlova via wikipedia (CC 3.0)


SS United States – known as “America’s Flagship” was one of the most luxurious ocean liners ever built, and still holds the record for the fastest transatlantic crossing ever.

But the iconic ship now sits moldering at a Philadelphia pier, bleeding money while hoping for a miracle plan to save her from the chop shop.


SS United States souvenir postcard via wikipedia


A Red Hook developer has been in talks with the SS US Conservancy for a year, on a proposal to bring her home to New York, specifically to Gowanus Bay, Brooklyn. Moving the ship will require a fair amount of money, and more time to get things in place, but it is far better than the frightening reality of having to grind up our maritime heritage into bits of commodity scrap metal.



As reported in an article by Waterfront Alliance:

“A Brooklyn developer has offered a strategy to convert the liner into a mixed-use development. The Brooklyn Paper reports that John Quadrozzi Jr., the concrete magnate who owns the Gowanus Bay Terminal, has offered to house the ship at that terminal rent-free.

Quadrozzi wants to work with the SS United States Conservancy to renovate United States’ 12 decks for various uses, including office space, museums, and a maritime school.”

Want to help? Sponsor a piece of the ship. Every donation, no matter how big or small, helps!

Read more from Waterfront Alliance here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee